AEDs are one of the most popular defibrillators on the market for public use, and it’s easy to see why. They’re durable, easy to maintain and easy to use even by untrained bystanders, making them a highly practical as well as affordable investment for any organisation. Here’s some insight into maintaining your AED.
When buying an AED, it’s best to purchase a model made by a reputable brand, as these will be the best quality and most durable devices. Look for brands like Phillips, HeartSine, LifePak and Mediana, all available here in our online store.
How long your defibrillator lasts will depend on the quality and availability of parts and components like the battery and electrode packs, which can be replaced easily if you choose a well-known brand that has an established supply network.
While not in use, manufacturers guarantee a stand-by lifetime of 2-5 years. After this time period, the manufacturer will recommend that certain parts are replaced – usually the battery and electrode packs, as these do deteriorate over time. Batteries generally have a lifetime of 5 years or more, while electrode packs will likely have to be replaced every two years.
Following your manufacturer’s instructions regarding the replacement of parts is critical for ensuring that the defibrillator remains fully operational and effective, so it’s important to diarise these maintenance events.
How Many Times Can a Defibrillator Be Used?
Your defibrillator can be used again and again for many years providing that you follow the parts maintenance and replacement recommendations by the manufacturer. These devices do not have an expiry date and remain operable and effective as long as all the parts are kept in good working order, even after the warranty expires.
Each manufacturer recommends a use limit on the electrode pack before replacement is necessary. For example, the Phillips HeartStart has a standby life of 4 years and can supply 200 shocks, after which it will require recharging.
It’s a good idea to find an established and reputable defibrillator parts supplier like DefibsPlus, who can supply you with manufacturer-recommended replacement parts and advice whenever you need it.
Maintaining Your AED
In order to work properly, an AED does require some maintenance, or it may not work reliably in an emergency. Other than replacing parts as recommended by the manufacturer, this primarily involves regular testing and inspections every 3 months. Here are some recommended tips when inspecting your defibrillator:
- Powering up the device to ensure that it is turning on properly
- Shutting it down to ensure that the indicator lights are working
- Ensuring that all necessary medical prep kit parts are included (gloves, razor, breathing mask)
- Inspecting the AED for signs of damage and wear
- Checking the expiration dates for batteries and electrode pads
If your device looks worn, damaged or the parts are missing or expired, it’s essential that these issues are addressed by a reputable AED supplier. They can recommend and supply prep kit parts and unit replacement parts for leading AED brands.
How to Store an AED
Your AED should be stored somewhere that is clearly visible and easily accessible – you don’t want someone to have to search for it in the event of an emergency. Ideally, it should be stored with first aid equipment although it should be given its own shelf or space to ensure nothing blocks the view of the device – you should be able to reach it with one hand.
It can also be attached to a wall in an emergency box or kept in a glass-fronted cabinet. In any case, your staff should all be well-informed about where it is being stored and there should be highly-visible signage around this location.
AEDs can also be stored outdoors in an unlocked emergency cabinet that is clearly and boldly marked, protected from weather and excess heat or cold. Avoid direct sunlight, moisture and temperatures outside the recommended range.
Remember, time is everything when it comes to using an AED to save a life, so it needs to be stored in a clearly marked, easy-to-reach location that all employees have access to.
If you are seeking signage and storage solutions for your AED, we can assist you by developing a bold, secure and effective solution.
AEDs, Replacement Parts, Signage, Prep Kits and More in Australia
At DefibsPlus, we offer comprehensive services for businesses, schools, organisations and more that cover all your defibrillator needs. In addition to supplying high-quality AEDs from leading brands, we also offer replacement parts, batteries, prep kits, storage cases and cabinets, and signage. We can also assist you with training your team on how to use a defibrillator to save a life.
If you have any questions about defibrillators or defibrillator maintenance and storage, speak to our helpful team today for expert assistance and affordable solutions.